I was born in Dunnottar Castle in Grampian, Scotland, high upon the cliffs overlooking the turbulent North Sea. And I was betrothed to my true love at the tender age of twelve. I remember the first time I saw him, riding across the plains upon his white charger, his armour shining brilliantly in the noonday sun... I swear, I feared my heart would leap out of my breast for the love he did instill in me...
(Insert record scratch here.)
Okay, the truth of the matter is: reality sucks, and I'm a storyteller and have been since the moment I could talk, according to my Dad. Whenever he caught me in a lie, I had no problem coming up with a dozen reasons why I painted the cat purple with green polk-a-dots, none of them true of course, but at least they were highly entertaining. It was at that time he knew I was destined for greatness... I would become a writer, a storyteller who actually gets PAID to lie. What more could you possibly want in a career?
I LOVE history, and writing is my passion! To me there is nothing like knights in shining armour riding to the rescue of their beautiful, spirited damsels; of swashbuckling pirates stealing the women of their dreams; and devilishly handsome rogues fighting to the death for the lovely ladies who have unwittingly stolen their hardened hearts...
Excerpt from A Knight of Passion eBook re-release: September 2009
Print re-release: July 2010
A startled cry broke from her lips as she stumbled. She fell to the hard ground, her body twisting as she dropped. Rianna lay there stunned, desperately drawing breath back into her lungs.
What am I doing out here?
Trying to escape her kidnapper in the middle of the night, running through a forested landscape she knew nothing about… Looking around her, trying to penetrate the deeper shadows, she suddenly realized she was hopelessly lost. Her heart lurched into her throat. She did not know which direction the camp lay, nor where she was going or how to get there. Tingling trepidation slithered down her spine as Rianna noticed something else—the forest had become deathly quiet. There was not a croak of frog, not even the rustle of trees in the soft breeze. There was nothing but silence and permeating darkness, as if the copse itself was holding its breath.
Suddenly the hairs on the back of her neck rose in warning. And then she heard it, the sharp snap of a twig reverberating through the silence like a crack of lightning. Her heart surged into a frantic tattoo. Twisting around, she cried out, pain shooting up her ankle. Praying to the gods it was not broken, she leaned forward, gingerly touching the muscle and bone, but could detect no break. And yet an unreasonable fear rose within her, almost as though she was being watched…hunted.
She had to get up, now.
Stretching, she grasped the branch above her, and hauled herself to her feet. She winced in pain. Her heart froze as she heard an ominous rustle in the underbrush behind her. Holding her breath, she slowly turned to stare into the darkness. A startled gasp sucked past her lips as she caught sight of two eyes, reflecting the moonlight, watching her intently. Fear seized her. She spun around and ran, grimacing in pain, her injured foot forcing her to limp. Hobbling as fast as her ankle would allow, Rianna hurried through the forest, her pulse thundering in her ears as icy claws of dread circled her heart, squeezing tight. Panting hard, she threw a look over her shoulder only to discover the glowing eyes were following her. And then it passed through a shaft of moonlight. Catching sight of the massive beast giving chase, she shrieked. It was the largest wolf she had ever seen. A huge grey predator, its yellow eyes gleaming as it hastened toward her.
Rianna whipped around, moving faster, realizing with alarm her limp gave the impression of a wounded animal. Her breath was coming in great gasps now, her heart clutched in the icy grip of fear, knowing how desperate and hopeless her plight.
How could have I been so foolish as to escape my captor in the middle of the night?
Looking back over her shoulder, a cry tore from her as she slammed into a tree. She turned around and froze, hearing a low, menacing growl. Clutching the rough bark behind her, she sidled around the trunk, staring into the darkness, mesmerized by the approach of the glowing eyes.
She backed away from the oak. Suddenly she screamed. Tripping, she fell, landing on her back, the wind knocked from her. Desperate to put distance between her and the beast, she scrambled backward, never taking her eyes from the advancing shadow.
The wolf slunk into the moonlight, its lips curled back revealing sharp, gleaming teeth. Foam dripped from its mouth, stained pink from its last kill. Growling, it crouched low.
Rianna stared aghast, stark terror thundering through her veins.
With a snarl, the wolf leapt into the air, its powerful jaws open wide, intent on ripping the life from her throat.
A blood-curdling scream echoed through the trees...
"Its fast, passionate and dramatic."
~ Jo Beverley, New York Times bestselling author on A Knight of Passion
"vibrant... exciting... I think you have a great voice for this!"
~ Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author on A Knight of Passion
4.5 Blue Ribbons!"A KNIGHT OF PASSION is a thrilling tale packed with jealousy, murder, love and lust; it encapsulates everything that readers of historical romance could desire...undeniably outstanding..."
~ Reviewed by Deborah for Romance Junkies
5 Hearts!"...sizzling hot, very passionate and romantic... a story well worth the read."
~ Reviewed by Valerie for Love Romances and More
4.5 Stars!"...[the] amazing story-telling ability of Ms. Hyatt drew me into the story and kept me intrigued..."
~ Reviewed by Francesca for Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Recommended Read!"...I didn't want this story to end. Ms. Hyatt is a wonderful storyteller who will transport you back in time... A Knight of Passion is full of what the name describes, Passion! Go now and pick this one up!"
~ Reviewed by Klarissa for Joyfully Reviewed
5 Angels and Recommended Read!"...absolutely worth reading. It has everything that makes a great historical novel; an intriguing plot, terrific characters, and the sense that you've been transported back in time... Ms. Hyatt's writing style is excellent and ensures I will be reading anything with her name on it!"
~ Reviewed by Jaymi for Fallen Angel Reviews
4 Hearts!"...an exciting adventure filled with passion and intrigue... A Knight of Passion is an erotic historical tale of adventure and intrigue that is emotionally stirring and sure to thrill its readers."
~ Reviewed by Anita for The Romance Studio
5 Stars!"Ingela F. Hyatt's debut book, A Knight of Passion, takes off at a wild gallop across the English countryside and never slows down for you to catch your breath..."
~ Reviewed by Sandy for Historical Romance Club
5 Cups!"Absolutely stupendous! ...this story will keep you ensnared from the beginning, with the animated action of daring swordfights, engaging dialogue, and scorching sex scenes. ...For all you historical lovers, this is a must read."
~ Reviewed by Wateena for Coffee Time Romance